Norwich U. Will Allow Cadets to Wear Religious Headgear

For the first time, Norwich University will allow students to wear religious headgear — a big step among military colleges, which often enforce strict dress codes.

According to a TV station in Vermont, WCAX, officials at the private university in Northfield, Vt., announced this week that a female student had sought to wear a Muslim headscarf, known as a hijab, to cover her hair and neck while wearing the Corps of Cadets uniform. In granting her request, the university said it would also allow Je…


5 Damning Findings From the Baylor Investigation

Baylor University on Thursday released a summary of a long-awaited investigative report into its handling of sexual-assault allegations — and, with it, word of a housecleaning of sorts. Its president, Kenneth W. Starr, was reassigned. Its head football coach, Art Briles, was fired. And its athletic director, Ian McCaw, was put on probation.

A glance at the investigation’s findings reveals why Baylor’s governing board took such broad action. In short, virtually everything that could be wrong with…


Baylor Demotes President and Moves to Fire Football Coach Amid Sex-Assault Controversy

[Updated (5/26/2016, 1:17 p.m.) with details from a university summary of an investigative report.]

Baylor University has moved to fire its head football coach, Art Briles, according to a statement from the Texas institution. In addition, Baylor said that Kenneth W. Starr, the university’s president, would be removed but would retain the more-ceremonial role of chancellor. Finally, the athletic director, Ian McCaw, has been “sanctioned and placed on probation.”

The moves occurred on Thursday ami…


U. of Iowa Cheating Investigation Focuses on Chinese Companies

The University of Iowa suspects that about 30 Chinese students paid Chinese companies to take their online examinations for them, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Last week Iowa began investigations after ProctorU, the company that Iowa uses to verify online courses, found potential inconsistencies in students’ identities for one or more exams.

According to Reuters, three of the Chinese students suspected of cheating admitted to the news service that they had hired Chinese-run groups to take tests…


Nontenure-Track Faculty at Ithaca College Forms a Union

Nontenure-track faculty members at Ithaca College will form a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union, The Ithaca Journal reported on Tuesday. The New York college said it would not support their efforts.

The contingent faculty members filed for a union election, without the Ithaca administration’s support, through the National Labor Relations Board. The group said its members want better job security and a stronger voice at the college.

Nontenure-track faculty members will n…


DePaul President Condemns Protesters Who Shouted Down Controversial Speaker

The president of DePaul University has condemned protesters who shut down a speech by a conservative pundit on Tuesday, and has apologized to the College Republicans chapter that sponsored the event. In a message to the Illinois campus on Wednesday morning, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider said he had been “sorry to see” video of the protest and news reports about it.

Video of the event shows two protesters taking the stage where Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart contributor and well-known conserva…


U. of Akron Will Not Rehire ‘Success Coaches’ for Freshmen

The University of Akron will not renew contracts providing “success coaches” for new freshmen, The Plain Dealer reported on Wednesday.

The 16 coaches worked with about 275 students each in the 4,278-member freshman class.

The coaches were mostly Akron graduates who each earned $28,000 to $32,000 a year to follow students through their careers, at Akron and beyond.

The university’s Faculty Senate has criticized the coaches and how effective they would be for their cost.

According to a university …


Baylor Won’t Comment on Report That Ken Starr Is Fired as President

Following a report that Baylor University’s Board of Regents had fired Kenneth W. Starr as its president, the university said on Tuesday that it would not respond to “rumors, speculation or reports based on unnamed sources.”

Citing anonymous sources, the website reported Tuesday morning that the regents had fired Mr. Starr.


Chancellor Is Criticized for Cellphone Use During Commencement

The chancellor of the Alamo Colleges is facing a backlash for using his cellphone as graduates walked across the stage in front of him during commencement last weekend at Palo Alto College, the San Antonio Express-News reported on Monday.

The chancellor, Bruce Leslie, was criticized on social media after pictures circulated of his phone use during the Texas college’s graduation ceremony.

Mr. Leslie was on the phone for about 40 minutes while on stage, said Tony Villanueva, president of Palo Alto’…


Adjuncts Vote to Unionize at Saint Louis U.

Adjunct faculty members in two divisions of Saint Louis University have voted overwhelmingly to unionize, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Monday.

Part-time instructors in the university’s College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences voted 89 to 28 in favor of forming a union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union. One hundred and fifty-six adjuncts were eligible to vote.

The vote followed successful union drives by the SEIU at other campuses in the St. Louis a…